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1951

In 1951 Thomas Andrew Hamilton died. He passed peacefully away at quarter to ten Sunday evening October 7 1951 at the age of 91. On his birthday on February 17 he had written: "Praise God from whom all blessings flow. His love & mercy is beyond our comprehension. He has blessed me and protected my life for 91 years. This has been a wonderful birthday, from early morning until 8p.m. Friends & relations have been calling in with good wishes & presents. I have also received letters, birthday cards & many telegrams. 26 have called in and we had another late night."

January

Jan 1 1951: Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord, praise ye the Lord. Psalm 150.V6 If anyone should take the Psalmists advice I should, God has spared my life for almost ninety one years and surrounded me with loving kindness and tender mercies all the way. This has been a lovely cool day with light clouds like a sunshade. A party using four cars, Alex, C.Vellnagel, Mr. Fletcher & Hector all loaded, left early for a trip to Nunimbah Valley & Natural Arch, Falls & Cave. Nearly all were our church people & they had a most enjoyable time & got home about 7p.m. Norm & Jessie came & stayed with me till they got home. Max heat 77.

Jan 2 1951: A cold, dark, showery day. Mrs. Jackson called. Alex worked about home, Joan has been busy getting ready to go for holidays tomorrow. Rev Delbridge came in this evening. 76.

Jan 3 1951: Last night & early this morning was like Winter, I had hot water bottle & more clothing on my bed. Joan left here at 7a.m. to get the Northern train at Roma St. Station. She is going to spend holidays with the Harris family who are at Gympie Terrace, Noosa River, Tewantin, where I spent holidays about 30 years ago. Alex worked at the shop today. Vern Carseldine had afternoon tea with Mary & I, it has been a quiet day & very cool, 76

Jan 4 1951: Alex went to see Tom Chalk this morning about Belmont property. He worked a while at the shop & about home. A quiet day, no visitors. 82.

Jan 5 1951: Mrs. Raymont came as usual with eggs ec. Alex has been painting the front fence and doing other odd jobs. Norm called for a few minutes. Eddie (with tomatoes) called also. The Rev Delbridge had tea with us, a Mr. Harris of Kuran St. called while he was here to arrange re a christening. 89.

Jan 6 1951: Mr. Chalk spent most of the day with us. Victor Hamilton took one of his bad turns here at dinner time, it lasted a few minutes only. Vic & Ethel took Vic’s Father to the hospital this afternoon with heart trouble. They came for Mr. Chalk, spent a while here, then went to see Emma who is very poorly. Alex finished painting our fence, then he and Tom Chalk went to inspect Belmont property. Norm & Jessie had tea with us. Les Harris sent us a fine big mud crab, that is the second he sent us this week. 86.

Jan 7 1951: Alex & Mary went to a.m.& p.m. services. Murial & Hector Scott called to bid us farewell, as they are starting to drive home tomorrow. The Rev K.G.Delbridge had tea with us & came after p.m. service with Francie & Madge & had supper. 86.

Jan 8 1951: We got a letter from Joan this morning, she is having a lovely time with the Harris family at Tewantin. I answered the lines she sent to me re fishing. I gave her advice in a couple of verses & posted it right away. 85.

Jan 9 1951: Alex took Mary & I to spend the day with Jessie in their lovely compact new home near the Zillmere railway station, on a subdivided estate that I sold more than 50 years ago. They have electric light, stove, water heater, jug, iron & sewing machine & wireless radio. Mary & Jessie had a busy day making curtains ec. Mrs. Johnston, Percy & Fanny came in for a while this evening. 80.

Jan 10 1951: Francie Dyer brought some knitting cotton this evening that I asked her to get. Mr. Sumerville took a milk truck that Alex bought from our milkman as part payment for a nice Chev sedan car in good order. Alex is letting Norm have it for what it cost him & Norm will sell his old car. Showers at night. 82.

Jan 11 1951: Alex drove Mary & Ethel to their sister Emma’s to do her housework, as she is still ill. Norm brought Jessie to stay with me. Clara & Heather came, Norm & Jessie spent the p.m. here. Keith Hamilton came to see us this p.m. 81.

Jan 12 1951: Hughie called to see me before I got up this morning, he was on his way to Bribie Island with Alex, where Alex worked today. Mrs. Raymont brought eggs as usual, retial price is 3/6 per dozen. Rev Delbridge called. 80.

Jan 13 1951: This has been a lively day with visitors & callers, some for a short visit, some long. Here are those I remember. Mr. Chalk, Vic, Ethel, Vern C, Jim Wayper, S.Harris, C.Hamspeter, Hughie, May, Francie, Madge, Colin Brett, the Rev K.G.Delbridge, Mary H, Mr. Bill Geeves & his mother-in-law Mrs. Ellis from Newcastle. Joan arrived home about 2p.m. after her lovely holidays with the Harris family at Tewantin. Alex took Joan & some of our church young folk to Percy & Fanny’s place for a social evening. Norm & Jessie & Rev Delbridge went also. 82.

Jan 14 1951: Alex, Mary & Joan went to a.m. service. Norm & Jessie came home with them & went to see his brother after dinner. Alex went with them to see Tom Chalk, Keith, Mavis, Julie & Vickie & Sarah. Eddie & Victor came to see us this afternoon, we had afternoon tea & a pleasant time. It is the first time we saw my great grandchildren, Julie & Vickie. Alex, Joan & Norm went to p.m. service. 85.

Jan 15 1951: Norm called this morning for a few minutes. Mrs. Maguire left a hat for Joan to repair. Joan resumed work this a.m. Alex went to town this a.m. & consulted Mr. Fletcher (Solicitor) re Belmont property. All of Mr. Chalk’s family met in the home of his daughter Mrs. Bishop this p.m. & decided what they would do re the property. 82.

Jan 16 1951: This has been the darkest, light showery & coldest day & night we have had for months. I had more clothes & hot water bottle in bed. We had no visitors. Choir practice resumed this p.m., Alex, Mary & Joan attended, the conductor was absent, Alex conducted. 71.

Jan 17 1951: Another quiet day, our only visitors were Hector & Doris this p.m. A few light showers. They are having terrible cyclonic storms down South, damage to property, homes destroyed, sheep & cattle drowned & the same is taking place in North Queensland. All records broke & damage is beyond estimation at present. All traffic disorganised & some lives lost. 76.

Jan 18 1951: Norm brought Jessie to stay with me while her Mother went to town. Jessie took my bank passbook to the branch bank near Fishers shop. Mary took Joan’s violin to Kizer’s for slight repairs, which he did while she was shopping. She got strings ec from him. She got her sight tested at Waldron’s & ordered new glasses & bought a wedding present, which I intend giving to Bryant Raymont. Norm & Jessie went to Endeavour after tea while Alex was doing something to their car. Some thunder showers this afternoon. 80.

Jan 19 1951: Mrs. Raymont called as usual. Mary gave her the present I got for Bryant’s wedding. 83.

Jan 20 1951: Our visitors today were Mr. Chalk, Vic, Ethel, Norm, June, Valerie, [ ], Percy & Fanny (with eggs), Noel Deller with pumpkins & Francie Dyer. Joan cut my hair. Several showers. We have had a lively day. 78.

Jan 21 1951: Alex, Mary & Joan attended a.m.& P.m. services at our church. Sunday school & all activities of the church resumed work today after their holidays. Norm & Jessie spent the day with us. Miss Sloan (a Scotch R.C.) friend of Mr.& Mrs. Dyer’s came to see them, but they were away on holidays. She dined with us. Alex took her, Mary & Jessie for a drive. She had a look through Jessie’s home & our new church. She is not a bigot & is a very pleasant person. She was delighted with the afternoon’s entertainment & went home after tea. The visitors this afternoon were Joe, Beckie, Ronnie, Tom, Vickie & Ann. 84.

Jan 22 1951: This has been a very quiet day here, the only visitor we had was Heather Argo. The funeral notice of William Maxwell (Sarah Hamilton’s brother) was in the paper today, to leave the Albion Methodist Church for the Toowong Cemetery. He had been ill in the General Hospital for a few weeks. 85

Jan 23 1951: Our only visitors today were Grace Wayper & her two sons (my great-great nephews) Dennis & Leigh. We have just heard on the wireless that a two year old boy that was lost four days ago was found alive today, sleeping near a muddy water hole. Hundreds of people have been searching for him night & day. Alex, Mary & Joan went to choir practice. 82

Jan 24 1951: The Rev & Mrs. H. Denvey spent the afternoon & evening with us. Alex drove them home about 9p.m. We had a lovely interesting time & they expressed the pleasure they had in their visit. 75

Jan 25 1951: A very cold, dark, showery day. I have been poorly all day. Fanny & Hughie called this afternoon. Joan went to Endeavour this p.m. Norm brought Jessie, she spent the day with us, Norm spent the p.m. 68

Jan 26 1951: Bryan Raymont brought the eggs. The Chiropodist & his attendant Miss Moore cut my toe nails. It has rained nearly all day. 68

Jan 27 1951: Mrs. Gadsby had morning tea with us. Ian Jackson called to see Joan re his Mother’s hat. Mrs. Powell had afternoon tea here, she is going with Alex & Mary to the marriage of Bryan Raymont to Elsie Hart in the Aspley Methodist Church at 5p.m. & after function in the hall. Joan finished the hat in time for Mrs. Jackson to wear it at the wedding. Norm & Jessie had tea with Joan & myself. Alex & Mary drove Mrs. Powell home & got back here at 9p.m. It has been a cold, dark showery day & night, more bedclothes & hot water bottle. Maximum heat 68.

Jan 28 1951: Vic & Ethel called in on their way to church. Alex, Mary & Joan attended a.m.& p.m. Norman & Jessie dined with us. Mary went & stayed with her Father who is poorly, while Vic & Ethel visited Vic’s Father this afternoon in the General Hospital. It has been a quiet afternoon. I have done a lot of reading & listening in. It has been a dark, cold & windy day and night, we have had to wear our Winter clothes. Max heat 70.

Jan 29 1951: Australia Day. There has been great preparations all over Australia to make this it’s greatest holiday, but it has turned out to be one of the darkest, coldest & wettest days we have had this season. It is rough, cyclonic weather on sea & land, damage is beyond estimation. Our creek is flooded to our front gate. Norm & Jessie dined with us, he and Alex are working at their cars under the house. Max heat 68.

Jan 30 1951: All hands commence work today, excepting thousands of strikemongers & those affected by them. Joan went to work, this is her 27th birthday. She gave June Sestro her lesson on the violin this p.m. Francie Dyer was the only visitor we had today. It has been dark, cold & showery, too wet for choir practice. 72

Jan 31 1951: This has been a very quiet day, not one visitor & few callers, but the daily papers are reporting record breaking floods North & South & hundreds of square miles of town & bushfires in other parts, also cyclonic storms & mountainous seas. Destruction to all kinds of life & property can’t be estimated. Cold, showery day. 72.

February


Feb 1 1951: I forgot to record earlier that Hughie has sold his Coach & Body Building business & machinery to Mr[ Mackenulty] for ₤1250, & given him a lease of ten years on the property. He commenced occupying it on the second of January last. Norman called early, Jessie came by bus later & spent the day. She done shopping in Chermside. Her Mother went to town & got her new glasses from Mr. Waldron, they cost ₤6-6-0. Norm & Jessie had tea with us & went to C. Endeavour meeting this p.m. Light showers, 78.

Feb 2 1951: This has been a lovely warm Summer day. Mrs. Raymont brought eggs ec. Joe & Beckie came this p.m. to bid us farewell as they & Ronnie are leaving early in the morning in their car to drive to Sydney & Melbourne. Hector, Doris & Lorna were here, they remained with us till after 10p.m., we had a pleasant time. Joan, Norm & Jessie attended a Sunday School Social in the church hall this p.m. 82.

Feb 3 1951: This has been another bright, warm Summer day without rain. Joan went to town this morning and done shopping. She got some knitting cotton for me. After some housework she had a game of tennis & later spent a pleasant p.m. with Mrs. Johnston & Francie Dyer. Mr. Chalk spent the day with us, he has been poorly but is recovering. Vic & Ethel came in for a while this afternoon. 82.

Feb 4 1951: Joan went as usual to take her Junior Endeavour class at 8.45a.m. She then takes a Sunday School class & remains for the service. Vic & Ethel teach in the Sunday School. They came in for a while on their way. All the others went to a.m.& p.m. services. Norm & Jessie had dinner & tea with us. I done a lot of reading & listening in. Mary went and stayed with her Father while Vic & Ethel visited his Father in the hospital. 80.

Feb 5 1951: A quiet day, no visitors & very few callers. It has been a warm day & as usual people grumble at all or any sort of weather. 84.

Feb 6 1951: This has been a lovely cool day. Perl Heading (from the Homes) spent the afternoon with us. After tea she went with Alex, Joan & Norma Hamilton to choir practice. Fanny & Hughie came in for a while about 5p.m. The Rev K.G. Delbridge called also. Max heat 78.

Feb 7 1951: I received a letter from Janie Wayper who is holidaying with Sarah Hamilton & some of her family at Burleigh Heads & they are having a good time. This has been a nice cool, quiet day at Chermside, but the daily papers are full of accounts of crime & disaster all around, floods, fires & cyclones. One fire at Kingaroy destroyed over ₤100,000 worth of peanuts, silos, bags & machinery ec. It may have been caused by a cigarette butt. 77.

Feb 8 1951: Norm brought Jessie to stay here while Mary & Ethel went to their sister Emma to wash & do housework ec. Emma is recovering slowly. Norm & Jessie stayed for tea. Norm & Joan went to C. Endeavour. May spent a while with Jessie & I this afternoon. Alex had a long talk with a Mr. Jones, surveyor, re Belmont property. 81.

Feb 9 1951: Hector got my passbook from the bank & sent it to me by Alex yesterday. Mrs. Raymont brought the eggs ec as usual & had a cheery talk. A quiet day, visitors & few callers. Another big fire reported today, more than ₤600,000 damage done, it may have been a cigarette. 80.

Feb 10 1951: Norm called for a few minutes early this a.m. I had my breakfast in bed. Mr. Chalk spent most of the day with us, Vic came for him 5.30p.m. Joan done a lot of messages to the Chermside shops. She and Madge McKenzie played tennis this afternoon. I lent Madge a book entitled “The Big Fisherman”. Francie Dyer spent the evening with us, she & Joan had practice with violin & piano. 80.

Feb 11 1951: Alex, Mary & Joan attended all our church services. I listened in a.m., afternoon & night & done a lot of reading. We have had no visitors. It has been a lovely warm, quiet day. The nights & early mornings have been cold. 80.

Feb 12 1951: Clara came to see us this afternoon, she was our only visitor today. Alex went to trustee meeting p.m. 81.

Feb 13 1951: This has been another cold morning & a pleasant day. I received a letter from Beckie. She, Joe & Ronnie are in Melbourne. They are having hot weather there & the radio said the heat was up to 95 today in Sydney & it was only 81 here. We have had a cool summer here so far. We have had no visitors. A man called & sharpened the mower for Alex at dinner time 7/6. Alex, Mary & Joan attended choir practice. 81.

Feb 14 1951: Lovely weather, cold morning & warm day. Mrs. Maguire was our only visitor & few callers. Alex & Mary drove to see Mary’s sister Emma this p.m. Her health has improved & she is to go away for a holiday. We had a thunder storm & good shower this evening. 83.

Feb 15 1951: Alex got my cheque cashed at his N.S.W. Bank at Chermside. Rev. Arnold Rose is down from the North to attend the conference. Alex showed him through our new church. After tea he went with Norm & Joan to C. Endeavour meeting. Light showers, 80.

Feb 16 1951: My 91st birthday will be tomorrow 17th. I have received a beautiful birthday card from Mr. & Mrs. Birkett who are holidaying in N.S.W. Others who called with best wishes & presents today & this evening were Mrs. Goward (Toombul), Hector & family, Fanny & Percy, Norm & Jessie. We had a lovely time together & dispersed at 10.30p.m. The weather is like Winter with light showers. 73.

Feb 17 1951: Praise God from whom all blessings flow. His love & mercy is beyond our comprehension. He has blessed me and protected my life for 91 years. This has been a wonderful birthday, from early morning until 8p.m. Friends & relations have been calling in with good wishes & presents. I have also received letters, birthday cards & many telegrams. 26 have called in and we had another late night. 79.

Feb 18 1951: Alex, Mary & Joan attended all services, the choir sang my setting of the 67th Psalm & the quartette Lead Kindly Light. Norm & Jessie dined & had tea here. Alex took Mary to see her Father who is poorly. Mr. & Mrs. Vellnagel came to see me this afternoon, we had a long talk. Tom, Vita & Ann came for a while also. Rev. A. Rose had supper & got the 11p.m. tram. 86.

Feb 19 1951: Our baker’s delivery horse driver had his hand injured in an accident just before he came here. After it was washed, Mary bandaged it up for him & he was able to carry on. The Rev. A. Rose called this a.m. with some spare apparel. Alex arranged with Mr. Stephens to clear his two allotments with his bulldozer for ₤6. 82.

Feb 20 1951: Mr. Stephens cleared the two allotments in less than two hours this a.m. We are having lovely weather for this time of the year. Norma called in & went with Alex & Joan to choir practice. 84.

Feb 21 1951: Jock Wayper is working at some buildings at the top end of Kuran Street and called in his dinner hour to see us. I had an interesting chat with him. Norm brought Jessie this a.m., they had tea with us, Mary went with them to hear Mr. Traves trial sermon in our church this p.m. Joan went with the Harris family to an entertainment in one of the city theatres. 84.

Feb 22 1951: This has been a quiet day without visitors & few callers. Joan attended C. Endeavour meeting in our church this p.m. Max heat 84.

Feb 23 1951: Mrs. Raymont called as usual with eggs ec. Hector & family came & spent a while with us this p.m. Joan went to a meeting in the church where they are arranging for the Annual Fete. Local thunderstorm. 86.

Feb 24 1951: Norm brought Jessie this a.m. He was mowing the church ground, they would not stay for dinner. Vic brought Mr. Chalk & came for him at 5.30p.m. Dorothy & Marjory Argo came in their kilts this afternoon & done some real scottish dancing on our front verandah for Mr. Chalk, Mary & I. They had marched in the procession that was postponed from Jan 29th “Australia Day”. Joe & Beckie came and gave an account of their tour South & lots of photos. Miss Heather McDonald came in, Eddie & Mrs. Delbridge called in. Joan went to town this a.m. & done shopping, played tennis this afternoon & is still busy filling in pledge cards for her Endeavours at 9.50p.m. There is distant thunder & light showers. 84.

Feb 25 1951: Alex, Mary & Joan attended a.m. & p.m. church services. Norm & Jessie came home & dined with us. Miss Dot Eden called in for a while. She went from here with Vic, Ethel & Jessie to visit Emma Bishop and Hector & family. Clara, Betty & Ted James came to see us this afternoon. I listened 3 or 4 times. 81.

Feb 26 1951: This has been a quiet day in our home, no visitors & few callers. There is no joyfull news to record from our daily newspapers, they are full of disasters, broken flood records North & South, thousands of square miles of bush fires & grazing land in the West, tornados, cyclones, raging seas & many shipwrecks ec ec with awful loss of life of all sorts. 82.

Feb 27 1951: Mrs. Maguire called to see us this morning. Our neighbour Mrs. P. Herman came & arranged with Mary to allow her daughter to practice on our piano while theirs was being repaired. The Rev. A. Rose called this afternoon. Norma called & went to choir practice with Alex, Mary & Joan. 86.

Feb 28 1951: This is Alex 53rd birthday. He and Mary went and stayed with Jessie while Norm attended a C. Endeavour meeting in the church this p.m. 83.

March


Mar 1 1951: Mr. Cuthbert came in for a while this a.m. Fanny & Jessie came & spent the day with us. After tea Norm went to a meeting of young people at the church. Percy came after tea and we had a musical evening till 9.30p.m. Fanny said it was the best she had on piano for months. Joan was away at a young people’s rally in the Albert Street Methodist Church. The ambulance collector called and got our annual subscriptions. 86.

Mar 2 1951: Mrs. Raymont came as usual. Ethel called and bade us farewell as she & Vic are going to Coolangatta tomorrow for their holidays. Norm & Jessie came after tea, they and Joan went to a C. Endeavour social in our church. Hector came in for a few minutes. Alex went to a cricket meeting. Sweltering hot day. 93.

Mar 3 1951: This has been the quietest Saturday here that we have had for many long months, not one visitor and only one or two callers. Joan remained home all day making hats ec. Alex done a lot of lawn mowing this afternoon & Mary raked it up. It has been a hot day but not near so bad as yesterday. 83.

Mar 4 1951: Alex, Mary & Joan attended all services in our church. Mary & Joan went to a Home Mission Meeting in the Albert Street church this afternoon (conference). I done a lot of reading & listening in. 84.

Mar 5 1951: A very warm quiet day here, no visitors. Mary, Mrs. Dyer & Joan went to see 8 young students being ordained in the Albert Street Methodist Church this evening, Arnold Rose was one of them. 87.

Mar 6 1951: Rev. Rose had tea & went with Alex & Joan to choir practice. He enjoyed it. He left here after 11p.m. to catch his tram. 86.

Mar 7 1951: This has been a very warm trying day. I have had to lay down to it all the day. Norm forgot his dinner & dined with us, he was our only visitor. 89.

Mar 8 1951: A beautiful bright morning with a cool breeze. Jessie came this a.m. & spent the day with us. She & Norm had tea with us. Joan went with them to Endeavour meeting. 83.

Mar 9 1951: Fanny came to see us this morning & brought me a present of a nice shirt & other things. She went home by bus this afternoon. Mrs. Raymont came as usual on her business visit. Hector & Doris spent the evening with us. 84.

Mar 10 1951: Joan went to town & done shopping this morning. It has been a very quiet day here, no visitors except Victor Hamilton & few callers. Joan played tennis this afternoon. It has been a bright fine day & showery evening. 82.

Mar 11 1951: We had some heavy showers last night, but this has been a lovely fine day. Alex, Mary & Joan attended all our church services. Norm & Jessie came home with them & had dinner & tea with us. Alex & Mary went to see her Father who is staying at Stafford with Tom, while Vic & Ethel are on holidays at Coolangatta. Norm went out on Crusade For Christ this afternoon & Joan conducted a class of Christian Endeavourer’s in the Kedron Church. Later Joe, Beckie & Ronnie came & spent a while with us. I have done a lot of reading, listening, talking ec. Thank God we all have had another happy day. 79.

Mar 12 1951: This has been a cool, quiet day. Norm & Jessie came after tea. Mr. Chandler & one of his [palls] came this p.m. & practiced several of their duets, Jessie played the piano accompaniment for them. Alex & Mary were away attending a meeting of our church trustees & their wives & did not get home until after 11p.m. The night has got quite cold & we had to put on more bed clothes. Some showers. 78.

Mar 13 1951: Another cold morning & cool all day. Mrs. Maguire came to see about a new hat that Joan is making for her. Mary H. came while she was here & we had a nice friendly talk. Mrs. L. Hermann called after dinner time & spent a while with us. She was on her way to the hospital to see her great-grandson that was born last Friday. Our choir & orchestra are all away tonight giving a concert in the Joyful News Mission Gospel Hall, Brunswick Street, Valley. 77.

Mar 14 1951: Our Young Married Women’s Church Help & Kindergarten gave a Talent Quest Concert in the School of Arts this p.m.. It was a great success, they expect the clear proceeds to be over ₤15. All our folk were helping. Showery. 79.

Mar 15 1951: Mr. J.E. Reid called in for a while this morning. Mr.& Mrs. W. Haltz (nee Peggie Mills) & their lovely five months old daughter Linett Margaret, came at 1.30p.m. to spend a few holidays with us. Cool, showery day. 78.

Mar 16 1951: Mrs. Raymont came as usual on business visit & brought a bunch of wonderful flowers for me. Bill & Peggie Haltz (as they like us to call them) payed a visit to the Aged Folks Homes & had mid-day lunch there. Later they had tea with Norm & Jessie & admired their home. Hector & Doris spent the evening with us. Fanny & Vern came in for a while this afternoon. Cool day. 77.

Mar 17 1951: Alex &Vern worked under our house at Alex car most of the a.m. Norm, Jessie & Joan had a picnic with their Endeavours at Cashes Crossing. They all had a lovely time, although there was a few light showers. Bill, Peggie & Rev. Delbridge were with them also. Vic & Ethel arrived home after their holidays and called in. Madge & little Malcolm came for a while. The Rev. Delbridge had tea with us & we had a pleasant evening, though no-one was inclined to sit up too late after their busy day. 78.

Mar 18 1951: Bill & Peggie Haltz & their baby went with Alex, Mary & Joan to a.m. service. Norm & Jessie came home with them & dined with us. This has been one of the darkest, coldest & wettest days we have had for many months. Bill & Peggie left here at 2.30p.m. for their home at Nerang. Only Alex from here went to p.m. service. One might say it rained all day & is still raining at 9p.m. I read & listened in. I am sorry, I made a mistake in our holiday guests surname, it is Hinze, not Haltz. 76.

Mar 19 1951: It rained nearly all through the night & our creek was flooded nearly to our front gate. We have had a few light showers today. Miss [Jeanie] Argo of Sydney payed us a visit this afternoon. We had not seen her for about 25 years. Cousin Robbie McClintock & two of his friends Mr. Early & Mr. Schmidt called in about 9p.m. on their way to Woombye. Mary gave them refreshments & they were very thankful & departed happy. Joan has a cold & remained home today. 78.

Mar 20 1951: Joan went to work this morning, though she is still suffering with a cold. Our only visitors were Hector & Lorna for a while this evening. They drove Alex & Mary to choir practice. Warm day, light showers. 80.

Mar 21 1951: Norm brought Jessie to spend the day with us, they dined with us this evening. Mary attended Womens Church Help meeting (morning tea) in the School of Arts hall. The Welch Singers gave the programme, proceeds were over ₤10. Mr.& Mrs. Raymont came this afternoon instead of next Friday. Mrs. Plum (nee Ruby [Shekeford]) came this p.m. for her new hat that Joan made. Mrs. & June Sestro came for a while & Joan fixed up June’s violin strings. 88.

Mar 22 1951: This has been a very quiet day here. Mrs. Jackson called in for a short time. June Sestro brought Easter eggs & cards for Mary, Joan & myself. Alex, Joan & the Dyer family intend going to Tambourine for the holidays, leaving here 6a.m. tomorrow. 85.

Mar 23 1951: Alex, Joan, Francie Dyer, her widowed sister Mrs. Johnston & her little son & daughter left here at 6.30a.m. for Tambourine for the holidays. There was a.m. service in our church. Vic & Ethel called on their way home, his car took a notion & wouldn’t start. He rang up for a mechanic. Ethel got a ride home with Norm & Jessie, who were going to Harold & [Betty’s] for dinner. Vic had his here, Harold & family had their tea with Norm & Jessie. They all called here at 8.15p.m. when Norm & Jessie were taking them home. The Rev.& Mrs. B. Powell had afternoon tea with Norm, Jessie & the others & called to see us on their way home. We had an interesting & pleasant talk & a parting prayer. 83.

Mar 24 1951: Mr. Chalk spent the day with us. Vic & Ethel called in a.m. & p.m. The Rev.& Mrs. Palethorp came to see us this afternoon. We had a very pleasant time together and a parting prayer. Herbie came in for a while this evening. It has been a fine day. 82.

Mar 25 1951: Easter Sunday. Mr. Norm & Mrs. Dyer called for to take Mary to a.m. service but she was too poorly with a cold & had to remain home all day & evening. Norm & Jessie had dinner & tea with us. Hughie & May came in for a while this afternoon. Mr. Henspeter called this p.m. to enquire if arrangements had been made for someone to play the organ, so Jessie arranged for him to play it this p.m. 80.

Mar 26 1951: Norm came this morning & done some lawn mowing in our yard. The Rev.& Mrs. H. Denny came to see us this afternoon. He is reading a B.I.W.F. book I lent him & he is greatly interested in it. We had a pleasant time. Mary made afternoon tea. Alex & all his passengers arrived home from Tambourine at 5.30p.m. after perfect holidays. 79.

Mar 27 1951: Jean Jenyens called to say farewell. She is returning to Tambourine. Mr.& Mrs. Raymont spent an hour with us late this afternoon. Alex & Joan went to choir practice.

Mar 28 1951: Norm brought Jessie this morning and she spent the day with us. After tea Norm drove her, Joan, their Mother & Mrs. Dyer to a farewell social given to the Rev.& Mrs. B.Powell in the Kedron church. All the churches in the circuit presented presents to them. They have been faithful servants for about five years & won the affection of the people. Ethel came to see us for a while this afternoon. Cold a.m., light shower or two. 78.

Mar 29 1951: Cousin Colin Pringle called & had morning tea with us. He was on his way home with a new English “Land Rover” car that cost over ₤800. The Rev. K.G. Delbridge had tea with us. Hector, Doris, Lorna and Stella & Nancy Buckle payed us a visit this evening. 78.

Mar 30 1951: Mrs. Raymont came as usual this afternoon. The only visitor we had today was Lindsay this evening for a few minutes. Later Percy & Fanny came & we talked until 10p.m. It has been a lovely cool day with one or two light showers. 77.

Mar 31 1951: Vic Boot brought Mr. Chalk to spend the day with us, he & Ethel came for him this p.m. & came in for a while. Mrs. Ireland & her little son Allen payed us a visit. Herbie called twice, he and Joan played tennis. Joan went to Mrs. Johnston & Francie Dyer’s place for a sing song this p.m. June Sestro brought us some nice fresh fish they caught at Tewantin. Our Hughie brought fresh fish also that he bought at Redcliffe. 79.

April


Apr 1 1951: Alex, Mary & Joan attended a.m.& p.m. service. Norm & Jessie came home with them & went to p.m. service. Joan has a busy time every Sunday, she has an Endeavour class at 8.49a.m. , Sunday School class at 10, plays in the orchestra a.m.& p.m. services, she also conducts a Bible class in the Kedron church at 2.30p.m. Norm took Mary, Jessie & I for a drive through our neighbourhood where there are hundreds of new houses I had never seen. Joe, Beckie, Ron, Tom, Viki & Ann payed us a visit this afternoon. 80.

Apr 2 1951: We have had no visitors excepting Mr.& Mrs. Sestro, June & John & Norm Dyer who came in for a while this evening. Very cold a.m., hot day. 87.

Apr 3 1951: This has been a very quiet day here, the only visitors we had were Mrs. Smith of Kitchener Road & Francis Dyer. They came in for a while before going with the others to choir practice. 90.

Apr 4 1951: It has been a quiet day & lively p.m., when Eddie, Hector, Doris, Norm & Jessie came in. Fanny & Hughie had gone home earlier. Hector & Doris remained till 9.30p.m. We had a pleasant time. 85.

Apr 5 1951: Norm brought Jessie to spend the day with us. The Senior Christian Endeavourer’s had a cottage meeting here this evening. 18 were present, Norm & Jessie remained for it. Mr. J.E. Reid presided. We had a real good time, Mary provided supper for all. 85.

Apr 6 1951: Mrs. Raymont came on business as usual. Mr. Henry Appleby, Chiropodist, came this afternoon and attended to Mary’s & my feet for 7/6 each pair. Alex attended a Cricket Club meeting this p.m. 85.

Apr 7 1951: Vic brought Mr. Chalk this morning, who we might say was our only visitor, although we have had callers from morning till night. Vic & Ethel spent a while with us when they came for Mr. Chalk. Joan had a game of tennis & later went to a Youths Fellowship Meeting in the Albert Hall this p.m. Last night & today has been very cold. 77.

Apr 8 1951: This is what we call Egg Sunday in our church. Alex had his painting of a beautiful cock & hen & a printed suitable verse of his own composition placed at the front door with a large hen-nest collection box. It was a great success, people gave well with eggs & money which will be given to the needy. Doris Lindsay, Lorna & Mrs. Dyer called on way to our a.m. service. Norm & Jessie spent the day here. Our choir & orchestra gave a musical afternoon in Kennedy Terrace Methodist Church. Big Mrs. Smith had tea here. Joan stayed at home p.m. only. I listened in a.m.& p.m. The Rev. Rose had supper here. 76.

Apr 9 1951: Thank God we have had another lovely day to commence the weeks work. We have had no visitors except Mrs. Sestro & John this p.m. after Joan had given June her lesson on the violin. 78.

Apr 10 1951: Another quiet day, our only visitors were the Rev. Arnold, Rose, Mrs. Dodd & her son Colin, with whom Mr. Rose is boarding. He has to take charge of his church circuit at Kilcoy next Saturday. He called this p.m. to bid us farewell. Alex & Mary went to choir practice. 77.

Apr 11 1951: Don’t get frightened of the black cloud above, it is not a thunder cloud. Don’t blame me, blame the pen. Last night was cold & there has been a cold breeze all day. Clara came to see us this afternoon. She said she would get the material & make a couple of warm singlets for me. Mrs. Dyer called. Norm & Jessie came in for a few minutes this p.m. Heavy rain during the night. 79.

Apr 12 1951: Norm brought Jessie to spend the day here. Mary went to town & bought lino for two or three of our rooms. Alex told me Eddie has sold the goodwill of his Nundah business to one of the Gilmore’s that had a similar business in the Valley some time ago. He paid Eddie ₤350 cash (later, sale not complete). Mary went with Mrs. Dyer & some others to hear the Scottish Black Watch Band in His Majesty’s Theatre this p.m. Norm & Jessie went home after tea. There was a long thunderstorm & heavy rain during the night, which done a lot of damage in Ipswich. 77.

Apr 13 1951: Mrs. Raymont called as usual. The lino was delivered here today & Alex has been laying some of it this p.m. 76.

Apr 14 1951: Hughie gave us a lovely bream he caught last night. Vic brought Mr. Chalk this a.m. Victor H. came to see us this a.m. Hector & Lorna, Norm & Jessie, Vic, Ethel & Herbie this afternoon. The Graceville Church people gave a concert in our School of Arts for our new church fund, there was sale of goods also. A success, all our people here attended. 75.

Apr 15 1951: Our new Minister the Rev. C.G. Brown preached his first sermon in our church this a.m. Alex, Mary & Joan were there. Norm & Jessie dined with us & went to see his brother this afternoon. Hector, Doris & Lorna called in for a few minutes. Alex, Mary & Joan went to all the services, I listened in. 76.

Apr 16 1951: Mary got her washing done & dryed before a dark & showery evening. Mrs. Sestro came in & stayed for a while after June had her lesson on the violin. Hector came on a message, Norm called also this p.m. Alex is busy laying lino in the kitchen. 76.

Apr 17 1951: It has been a very dark & cold day, showers came on this evening. Alex & Joan went to choir practice. Mrs. George Early senior was buried in the Lutwyche Cemetery at 10a.m. 69.

Apr 18 1951: A girl born to Douglas & Shirley Packer at 7.30a.m. A City Council Inspector called re destroying groundsel in this neighbourhood. Alex property was already cleared. A cold, dark, showery day. 72.

Apr 19 1951: Norm brought Jessie this morning to spend the day with us. After tea they went with all the others to a social in our church hall to welcome our new Minister & his family. Hector & Doris came before they left for two new hats that Joan made for two bridesmaids, Lorna & her girl friend. There was a big crowd at the hall & they had a very happy time. We had Summer heat today. 86.

Apr 20 1951: Joan went to the clinic doctor this a.m. & got a good report of her health. She went to a C. Endeavour meeting in town after her work & to a teachers meeting this p.m. Mrs. Raymont called as usual, Jack McAuley called about 4p.m., he and his wife are on holidays & will visit us later before going home. 79.

Apr 21 1951: Joan went to town & done shopping & got some knitting cotton for me. Norm & Jessie dined here. Mr. Chalk spent afternoon here, Vic & Ethel for a while. Alex drove Mary & Jessie to see Miss Buckle married in the Nundah Methodist Church. Lorna & the bride’s sister were the bridesmaids. Herbie called, he & Joan played tennis. 79.

Apr 22 1951: Alex, Mary & Joan attended all our church services. Norm & Jessie dined with us. Joan went home with them & had tea there, they came back in time to attend p.m. service. This is Norman’s 30th birthday. Hector, Doris, Beckie & Ronald spent a while with us this afternoon. 78.

Apr 23 1951: We have had a quiet day here, no visitors & few callers & very little worth recording. The nights are very cold & the days fine & warm. 75.

Apr 24 1951: My Postal Ballot Paper arrived today for the Federal Elections next Saturday. Mrs. Dyer came to see us for a while. She & her family are joining with our folk in a three car load party to drive to Tewantin early tomorrow morning. 76.

Apr 25 1951: Anzac Day. The three cars, Alex, Mr. Vellnagel’s & Mr. Fletcher’s cars all well loaded left here at 6.30a.m. & returned 6.30p.m. after a most enjoyable day. Norm & Jessie came & attended to me while all the others were away. The Rev. Dennie & Mrs. Dennie called in for a short time. 78.

Apr 26 1951: Dulcie & Susan brought me a bunch of lovely roses which grew in their own garden and a little later in the morning Douglas & Shirley came in on their way home from the hospital with their lovely new born baby girl. I am the first they brought her to, she is my eleventh great-grandchild. Norm & Jessie had tea with us, he & Joan went to Endeavour meeting this p.m. 81.

Apr 27 1951: Mrs. Raymont came as usual & brought me a bunch of lovely flowers. After tea yesterday p.m. Mary & Jessie made seven bottles of lovely rosella jam for a future fete. Mr. Fischle brought a lot of jam bottles this p.m. Alex went to a Trustee meeting in the church. I filled in my Ballot Form for tomorrow’s election, Alex witnessed. 79.

Apr 28 1951: Vic & Ethel came in for a while this afternoon when they came for Mr. Chalk. Joan cut my hair & played tennis this afternoon. Herbie called, Hector & Lorna called in for a few minutes. Alex handed my Postal Vote in when he and Mary went to vote. Jack McAuley came this p.m. Alex showed him through our new church, he & his wife are to visit us tomorrow. 78.

Apr 29 1951: Some of our church orchestra went to play at the Sandgate Baptist Sunday School Anniversary this morning & afternoon. Alex & Joan went this a.m. & came home for dinner. Mary went to church, Norm & Jessie came home with her. Mr. & Mrs. Jack McAuley dined with us & after dinner went with Alex, Mary & Joan to the Baptist service at Sandgate. Norm went to see his brother. Jessie & I had a quiet afternoon, after a noisy teatime. All excepting myself went to our p.m. service, I listened in. 77.

Apr 30 1951: Clara came at 8a.m. to stay & care for me while Alex took Mary, Jack & Tib McAuley & Mrs. Dyer for a drive to Caloundra. They left here about 8.30a.m. & got back at 6p.m. after a most enjoyable fine day. Clara remained with us for tea, the only visitors we had were Percy, Fanny, Patricia & Jennifer this afternoon. Alex drove Clara home, Jack & Tib left for 9p.m. tram. Our Sunday School Annual Picnic was held in Early’s paddock. Norm, Jessie & Joan had a long, busy day, there was a great gathering & only one light short shower. 75.

May


May 1 1951: Jack Wayper called this a.m. & gave us two beautiful deep sea fish that he caught yesterday, a sweetlip & a squire. His party had a great catch, one codfish was 62lb and another was 31lb. He was taking the catch to the Fish Board. The boat is one he built for his own use. Mr. J.E. Reid came in to see Alex for a while this a.m. Mr. Hastie called also. The Rev. K.G. Delbridge brought our new minister, the Rev. C.G.Brown & introduced him to me. We had a pleasant talk & afternoon tea, he was visiting the district. Alex & Mary went to choir practice. 75.

May 2 1951: This has been a quiet day here, no visitors & few callers. Mary attended the Women’s Church Help meeting this afternoon, it was Election of Officers. 76.

May 3 1951: Our only visitors today were Joe & Beckie for a short time this p.m. A few showers at night. 72.

May 4 1951: Mrs. Raymont brought eggs, sweet potatoes & tomatoes. Rev. Delbridge called, also Noel Deller, Jack McAuley came this p.m. & is helping Alex to lay the new lino in our breakfast room. We have had some good showers last night & today. 70.

May 5 1951: Norm & Jessie called late yesterday p.m. They had been seeing a daughter that was born to Harold & Dot on May 2nd, Judith Ellen. This has been a lively & busy day, especially for Mary, here are some of our visitors. Mr. Chalk, Vic, Ethel, Hector, Lindsay, Lorraine Wakerley (nee Smith), Janie, Margaret, Fanny, Vern, Patricia, Peter, Jennifer, Fred, Leila, Janet, Heather, May & Herbie & some I forgot. Many of the above had attended the funeral of my neice Leana Morrison, who was interned in the Lutwyche Cemetery this afternoon. There was a good many provided with afternoon tea and I joined in. 73.

May 6 1951: Mrs. & Dorothy Dyer called & went with Alex & Mary to a.m. service. When Mary, Alex & Joan came home Mrs. Granthem & Mabel came & dined with us, then Jack & Tib McAuley came. Tom, Viti & Ann came for a short visit, after which Mary provided afternoon tea. Then Alex visited Mr. [Bircet] senr. who is ill in the General Hospital. Norm, Jessie & Beverley arrived after visiting Dot in the hospital with her new baby. Rev. Delbridge came & all had a Sunday hymn sing song & 10 of us sat down to a splendid tea. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. 74.

May 7 1951: This has been one of our quietest days for a long time, not one visitor & few callers. Alex & Joan went to orchestra practice, Jessie played the organ. 77.

May 8 1951: Another quiet day, our only visitor was Betty James (nee Argo). Francie Dyer came in for a while & went with Alex Joan to choir practice. Gwen Lemke called also. 77.

May 9 1951: Jubilee Celebration Day. Three cars, Alex, Vellnagel’s & Fletcher’s left here at 6.45a.m. loaded with passengers for a picnic drive to Sommerset Dam & a round trip via Kilcoy. Mary & Jack and Tib McAuley were with them. They got home at 6.15p.m. after enjoying a lovely trip. Joan went to town this afternoon to meet two of her girlfriends from Adelaide, Marjory & Evelyn Wheatley. She brought them to dine with us this p.m.,twelve of us sat down & had a good meal. Norm, Jessie & Beverley came this a.m. to look after me, though Norm done a days work for Jim Wayper. They had a sing song & supper. Jack & Tib bade us farewell, they go home on Friday. They gave us presents, I gave them two washers for Mr.& Mrs. McAuley snr. Vic & Ethel called. 72.

May 10 1951: This was a bitter cold morning, 52 degrees till about 8a.m. I stayed in bed till after 10a.m. When I came out, cousin W. McClintock was here from Woombye, he spent the day with us while Percy, Hilda, Heather & Lindsay done shopping in town. He & I had a great time & he went to see Hughie at the shop & cousin Minnie. The others called for him at 5p.m., came in and had a drink. Dorothy Dyer & Dulcie Deller came in for a while. A Mr. Corbett came to see Alex this p.m. about the Belmont property. Mary & Joan went with Norm to a special Endeavour & Mothers Social meeting at the church. 69

May 11 1951: Another bitter cold (last Night) & Morning, it was only up to 53 degrees at 7a.m. Mrs. Raymont came as usual & brought a huge bunch of white flowers for Mother’s Day next Sunday. Alex had a long conversation (by phone) with Mr. Jones, surveyor, and Mr. Fletcher, solicitor, re Belmont property. Jim Wayper brought two boards for a table top that Alex intends to make. 70.

May 12 1951: Icey cold morning, I stayed in bed until after 10a.m. Joan & her two girlfriends (the Misses Wheatley) & Dorothy Dyer went to see a place named the Oasis? beyond Sunnybank, where they keep all kinds of birds, scrub vegetation ec ec. They left here at 8a.m. and got back at 5p.m. & had tea with us. Vic & Ethel brought Mr. Chalk to spend the day, he told us that Mr. Andersen, Tom Chalk’s Father-in-Law died suddenly in bed where his daughter & Tom live. He died peacefully without a struggle about 4a.m. The doctor had attended him. Vic & Ethel came for her Father at 5p.m. Mavis Smith called to see Mary, Hector came for a few minutes, also Norm & Herbie. There are a lot at the church arranging white flowers this p.m. for Mothers Day tomorrow. 73.

May 13 1951: Our church was packed at a.m. service & a good attendance afternoon & night. The Misses Wheatley girls spent the day & attended all services & went with Alex & Mary, who went to see Jim & Emma Bishop. Dulcie & Anna & Joe & Beckie came to see us this afternoon, Joan & I only were home. Joe & Beckie are going to Adelaide by plane at 7a.m. tomorrow to attend a General Church Conference. Norm & Jessie had tea with us. Mr. W. Richardson died in hospital at 5a.m. 77.

May 14 1951: Mr. Harry Andersen was interred in the Lutwyche Cemetery at 2.15p.m., and William Richardson at 3.15p.m. Mary went to both funerals & conveyed our sympathy to their friends. The Rev.& Mrs. S. Murr dined with us this p.m. They came from their circuit in Gympie to hear the Rev. Wetherhead, an able lecturer. The City Hall was crowded tonight, Ministers and others came 100’s of miles to hear him. Mr.& Mrs. Murr got back here at 10.30p.m. We were in bed, but Mary left supper for them. Bitter cold day, 65.

May 15 1951: The Rev.& Mrs. Murr left here at 9a.m. We have had a short but very enjoyable time together. The Rev. Delbridge called, Rev. Rose came home with Alex & dined with us, he came from Coolangatta to hear Wetherhead. Fanny & Vern called this p.m. Vern has just made an offer to an Agent, Mr. Kelly, for a house on 32 perches at Geebung. Alex & Mary went to choir practice. Heather Argo brought one of the woollen singlets her Mother is making for me. 70.

May 16 1951: Eddie came in this morning before I was out of bed. It was that cold I lay till near 10a.m. Mr. Gadsby had a.m. tea with us. A lot of people including surveyor & solicitor rung up re the sale of Belmont property by the City Council next Saturday. Mr. Chalk’s family decided to let it be sold. Dorothy Dyer called in for a while. Mr. Reid came to see Alex on business this p.m. Alex & Joan went to assist in a rehearsal by the Epworth Players in the Albert Hall this p.m. 72.

May 17 1951: Jessie spent the day with us, she & Norm dined with us this p.m., then Norm went to C.Endeavour. Alex, Mary & some of our church people went to the play in the Albert Hall tonight. Jessie stayed with me till Norm came back from Endeavour. It has been very cold. I put on a new long sleaved singlet today. 70.

May 18 1951: Mrs. Raymont came as usual with eggs, tomatoes & flowers. It has been a dark, cold day with some smart showers. Hector, Doris & Lorna spent the p.m. with us till near 10 o’clock. Joan went to an Endeavour meeting in town after her work. A lot of people rung up Alex re Belmont property. Max heat 68.

May 19 1951: Mr. Chalk spent the day with us, the Misses Wheatley spent a.m.& p.m. here. Alex attended the sale of Belmont property by the City Council in the Town Hall for rates, it was sold for ₤2,600 at 10a.m. Alex was the only relative of Mr. Chalk who attended. Vic & Ethel came this p.m. & all decided to let Alex finalise the business. Eddie, Mary & Herbie called, several others called also. I put a new battery in my torch. It has been a cool, dark day with light showers. 70.

May 20 1951: Marjory & Evelyn Wheatley, Norm & Jessie, came with the others after a.m. service & dined with us, after which, Norm & Jessie went to see Harold & Dot. Alex, Mary, Joan & Wheatley’s went for a drive to Redcliffe & picked up Matron Thomas & brought her home. Nine of us sat down to tea & had a pleasant time. All went to p.m. service except Jessie & myself, I done a lot of listening in. The Wheatley’s bade us farewell, they are returning home. They were thankful for the hospitality they received here. 71.

May 21 1951: Clara brought the second new singlet she made for me. Dorothy Dyer came in for a while. A lovely warm day. 74.

May 22 1951: Alex went to town this afternoon and authorised Mr. Fletcher (Solicitor) to collect from the City Council the excess money on the sale of Belmont property, that they sold for rates last Saturday. I received a letter from my grand-daughter Muriel Scott, thanking me for telegram re their becoming parents of a daughter Roslyn May. Mrs. Sestro came in for a while this p.m. after Joan gave June her lesson on the violin. Alex, Mary & Joan attended choir practice. 69.

May 23 1951: We had a few light showers last night & early this morning. It has been a quiet, cool day. Norm called for a few minutes at mid-day. Mary attended W.C.Help meeting this afternoon. 69.

May 24 1951: Empire Day. Jessie spent the day with us. She and Norm dined with us this p.m. Jessie had been to a W.C. Help meeting, preparing for a big Fete next Saturday. Goods are rolling in, there is between 400 & 500 bottles of jam, chutney, marmalade ec in already. Gwen Lemke was here for a while this p.m. Ethel brought articles for the Fete. Norm, Jessie, Mary & Joan went to a pre-marriage social in our church, given in honour of Miss Fletcher. This has been an unpleasant dark, cold & showery day. 67.

May 25 1951: Mrs. Lawrence paid us a visit this a.m. & told us about her daughter Joyce who is now touring England with two of her girlfriends, they are having a wonderful time. Mrs. Raymont called as usual with eggs ec. Alex worked most of the day at Cribb Island. Rev. Delbridge called. Hector & Doris came in for a short time this p.m. Alex, Joan, Francie & some others from our church are helping with a concert in the Stafford church hall this p.m. It has been a bright but cold day. 71.

May 26 1951: Mr. Chalk came for the day. The big Annual Fete for our church funds was held in the church hall & grounds today & a concert at night. It has been glorious weather & we are expecting a huge success. There has been many callers this a.m. with articles & goods, it has been a busy time for all concerned. Mr. Chandler & Mr. Murray practiced duets here before going to the concert. Jessie plays the accompaniment. Mrs. Chandler came in & Mary introduced them to me. All of our household are now at the concert. Later – the proceeds were ₤212. 70degrees.

May 27 1951: This has been a quiet day here, not one visitor. Alex & Mary went to Stafford to see Tom & Gladdie after dinner. All attended a.m. services, Alex & Joan went this p.m. 73.

May 28 1951: Last night & today has been bitterly cold, but it is far worse down South where they have hail storms, snow, sleet, ice & wind. Traffic has been disorganised & people can hardly get to their homes. We are all at home this p.m. shivering. The Rev. K.G.Delbridge called for a few minutes. The Rev.H.& Mrs. Denney paid us a visit this afternoon, she brought flowers & sweets. I lent him two small books & gave him some “Clarions”. 66.

May 29 1951: Another bitter cold night & day, May was our only visitor today. Alex & Joan went to choir practice. 66.

May 30 1951: Alex rang up Dr. Lansdown & asked him to call & see me regarding a cough that bothers me at night. He said he might call between noon & 6p.m. It is now 8.40p.m. & he has not called. Mrs. Johnston (nee Dyer) called. Hughie came in for a while this p.m. This is a bitterly cold night. 69.

May 31 1951: Dr. Lansdown came at 8a.m. Mary had tooth drawn & Tom brought her home. Alex met Solicitor at Ethel’s 3p.m. Gwen Lemke called and then went to a C.Endeavour meeting at Norm & Jessie’s. Mary, Herb & Norma spent the p.m. here, she brought wool for me to knit a rug for her. 72.

June


Jun 1 1951: Mrs. Raymont came with eggs ec as usual. Cousin Colin Pringle came to spend the weekend with us. He drove Joan & Gwen Lemke to Norm & Jessie’s home this evening & they had a pleasant time. The nights are very cold but days are pleasant. 72.

Jun 2 1951: Our visitors today were little Janet Bishop with lovely roses, Mr. Chalk, Vic & Ethel, the Rev.& Mrs. C.Brown, Joe, Beckie, Hector, Doris and Lorna & some I have forgot. Mary has been going her hardest attending to all of us all the day. Herbie, Norm & Jessie called. Colin Pringle & Joan played tennis. They and some others of our church girls are now attending a C.Endeavour meeting in the Albert Hall this p.m. 73.

Jun 3 1951: Colin went to church with the others this a.m. Norm & Jessie came home with them. Cousin Myrtle McClintock & her son William came & nine of us dined together. Alex took them & showed them through our new church, then Colin & they left for their home at Woombye. Norm & Jessie went to see his brother, they had tea here. Alex, Mary & Joan went to p.m. service, several others called in. 70.

Jun 4 1951: Hughie Carseldine called in about 9a.m. His Father & Mother came & spent a while with us this evening. They told us that both Vern & Hughie are to be married next September. Mrs. Schekleford & her married daughter Mrs. Plumb spent the p.m. here also. It has been a dark day with a few very light showers. 67.

Jun 5 1951: This has been a dark cold day with less than an hour sunshine. Dr. Lansdown called about 5p.m. & he is well pleased I am so well. Mrs. Les Harris came in for a while this p.m. Alex & Joan attended choir practice. A few light showers. 66.

Jun 6 1951: Our visitors today were Mrs. L. Hermann, Fanny, Doris, Lorna, Mrs. Naylor. Norm & Jessie dined with us this p.m. Jessie spent most of the day with us, Mary H. was here also, I have commenced knitting a wool rug for her. 65.

Jun 7 1951: Jessie spent the day here, her Mother went to Dr. Lansdown at 10a.m. and had a small growth cut off her cheek. Rev.H. & Mrs. Denny called, she gave me a pair of nice woollen mittens. Joan & Jessie have gone to Endeavour meeting in our church & Norm has gone to one in town. It is now 8.20p.m. 67.

Jun 8 1951: Mr.& Mrs. Raymont came as usual with eggs & vegetables. Dorothy Dyer came in for a while. Alex & Mary went to see her Father who is poorly & a doctor is attending him. Hector spent a while with us this p.m. A son was born to Tom & Viti Packer at 5a.m., Neil Thomas. 66.

Jun 9 1951: Alex & Sam Harris left here about 6.30a.m. with a party of our church young folk in their cars, to spend the long weekend at cousin Dick McClintock’s at Imbil & at his brother Harold’s at Deagon. Joan & Francie & others are expected to give items at the church services. Our visitors were Ian Jackson, Gwen Lemke, Lorraine Barker, Len Barker (Vic Hamilton dined with us) Vic Boot, Hughie Carseldine, Norm, Jessie & our Hughie. We had some heavy showers last night, but this has been a fine day. 69.

Jun 10 1951: Vic came early & told us Mr. Chalk fell at his bedside & doctor examined him, he has to stay in bed. Mrs. Dyer called, Mary & she walked to church. Norm & Jessie dined with us. It has been a nice warm day, Mary & I listened in this p.m. I put one of my new woollen singlets on today. 74.

Jun 11 1951: Kings Birthday. This has been a lovely fine day. Norm called in for a few minutes after having his dinner, he was working as usual. Vic & Ethel came this afternoon & Vic pruned our rose trees. Alex, S.Harris & party got home at 6.45p.m. after a wonderful pleasant day. They took part in the services of the three churches in the Imbil Methodist Circuit, of which the Rev. S.Murr is the Minister and Ron Smith, Assistant Minister. 74.

Jun 12 1951: Jessie spent the day here, her Mother went to Dr. Lansdown re her cheek trouble. He is satisfied, but wants her to call in a few days time. She went to town, done shopping, called to see her Father, had lunch with him & Ethel, got home at 2.30p.m. Auntie Sarah was here & had lunch with us, our Eddie was here also & we had a great time. May came later & we had afternoon tea. Joe Packer came in just before Alex & Mary went to choir practice, so time rolls on. Lovely weather. 74.

Jun 13 1951: Mrs. Cuthbert called to see us this afternoon. Dennis Wayper practiced on our piano. Norm & Jessie came for a while this p.m. One or two very light showers. 72.

Jun 14 1951: Joan remained home today, work is slack. Dennis Wayper came & practiced on our piano. He is preparing for an exam & his Mother is from home. Mary attended W.C.Help morning tea, their Fete & Tea realised ₤75. Joan went with Herman & Estele Pfingst to the City Hall this p.m. to hear Yehudi Menukin (violin) & his sister Hephzibah (piano) give a joint recital programme. Every seat was packed, many had to stand. Joan said it was a wonderful recital. 71.

Jun 15 1951: Jessie spent the day with us. Mary went to Dr. Lansdown & had the stitches taken out of her cheek. She then went to town & got home about 2p.m. Mrs. Raymont came as usual. Eddie had his lunch with us. Dennis Wayper & his music teacher had his practice & lesson here. Mrs. Jackson called in for a while. Norm dined with us this evening. 70.

Jun 16 1951: Mr. Chalk spent the day here. He is recovering after the fall he had last week. Vic & Ethel spent a while here when they came for him. Hector called in for a short time. Alex, Joan & Francie Dyer went to Anniversary Tea at Kedron church. Joan & Francie gave several items on violin & piano. Odd light showers. 70.

Jun 17 1951: This has been one of the quietest days we have had for a long time, not one visitor. Alex, Mary & Joan went to a.m. service & only Alex & Joan at night. Mary & I listened in & retired early, it has been a very cold day. 65.

Jun 18 1951: Our church choir & orchestra went to the Hamilton Methodist Church, Eagle Farm, this p.m. & gave a miscellaneous concert. Their Minister & people expressed great pleasure for the programme. It was their Harvest Festival & sale of goods. Eddie came & stayed with me till all came home at 11p.m. 70.

Jun 19 1951: Mr. H. Rainbird was interned in the Lutwyche Cemetery this morning. Mr. W. Fischlie was hit by a motor car & taken to the hospital this evening. Mary is suffering with a cold but keeps on working as if nothing was wrong. 72.

Jun 20 1951: It has been a quiet day here with little to record. Norm & Jessie came this evening & Jessie remained here while Norm went to the church & trained Endeavours for a forthcoming concert. Lovely weather. 71.

Jun 21 1951: Clara, Beckie, Tom, Viti, Ann & my latest born great-grandson Neil Thomas Packer payed me a visit this morning before I was out of bed, as it was a very cold morning. Norm brought Jessie & she spent the day with us. She handed my bank passbook to the bank official out here. She & Norm went to the Christian Endeavour meeting after dining with us, Joan went also. 65.

Jun 22 1951: Mrs. Raymont called with goods as usual. We have had a quiet day here, there has been a cold S.W. wind. They had snow in Sydney. Joan went to a teachers meeting this p.m. 65.

Jun 23 1951: Mr. Chalk spent the day with us. Vic & Ethel had afternoon tea with us when they came for him. Miss Velnagel & Miss Denning called in. Norm called with curtain rails for Mary, he was working today as usual. Herbie called, he and Joan had been playing tennis. Hector spent a while with us this p.m. 68.

Jun 24 1951: Alex & Joan went to a.m. service. Norm & Jessie dined with us. The Sandgate Methodist Church Choir gave a sacred concert in our church at 3p.m. The proceeds which is over ₤8 is for our organ fund. Alex, Mary & Joan attended & say it was a lovely programme. Alex & Joan went to p.m. service. 65.

Jun 25 1951: A bright cold morning, but a very dark, cloudy afternoon. Our only visitors today were Hector & Lindsay this p.m. Hector left his car here for some little repairs. 72.

Jun 26 1951: This has been a peculiar day, bright for a few minutes & dark for a few minutes. Mrs. Raymont called & left some rose settings for Mrs. Dyer & for Jessie. Alex went to choir. Vic came this p.m. & told us Mr. Chalk had a bad turn, Mary went & stayed with him all night. Jessie played the pipe organ for the choir practice this p.m. Norm came here and done the S.School booking. 68.

Jun 27 1951: Mr. Chalk is a little better, his daughter Emma intends staying with him tonight. Jessie spent the day with us, done messages ec. She & Norm dined with us this p.m. Cousin Harold Lowe came to see us & cousin Ted Smith called for a few minutes. Hector & Lindsay came this p.m. for Hector’s car. Jessie helped June Sestro with a violin piece that Joan is teaching her for the eisteddfod, and Dennis Wayper on piano for his exam. 70.

Jun 28 1951: Joan spent the day helping Ethel, as her Father needs a lot of attention. Mrs. Herman came to see us this afternoon & brought us a custard apple out of her own garden. It is almost 3lb. weight. I gave a new torch. Fanny came full-handed too. Vern called for her later & had a good yarn with Alex. Joan went to C.Endeavour meeting this p.m. 69.

Jun 29 1951: A bitterly cold, frosty morning but a fine day. Mrs. Raymont came with goods as usual. Mary has gone to stay with her Father tonight. Mrs. Jackson was here for a while this afternoon. Cousin Colin Pringle came with full hands this p.m. to stay the night & see the great football match tomorrow. 65.

Jun 30 1951: When Mary came home this a.m. she said her father seemed much brighter. Colin went to see the football match France v Australia, Australia won. We have had so many visitors & callers today that I won’t try to name them. Colin has gone with a lot of our church young folk to a concert in Northgate Methodist Church this p.m. Mr. Weir of Kedron, a young man, went with them. 68.

July


Jul 1 1951: Cousin Colin went with Alex & Joan to a.m. service & with a lot of our church young folk to see the sand artist at Redcliffe this afternoon. He left here in his car for home about 6p.m. Norm & Jessie dined with us. Alex drove Mary, Mrs. Dyer, Mrs. Johnston & Francie to attend the opening of a Presbyterian church hall at Norman Park this afternoon. Hughie came & stayed with me while all were away. Douglas, Shelley & baby Beth came this afternoon. Alex & Joan went to p.m. service. 66.

Jul 2 1951: The Chiropodist attended Mary’s feet & mine. Nurse Dorothy Dyer is attending Mr. Chalk this week. 65.

Jul 3 1951: Mary spent the day with her Father. Jessie spent the day with me. She & Norm dined with us this p.m. & went home early. Norm’s brother called in, Mrs. Jackson called also. Our choir & orchestra gave a sacred concert in the Baptist Church at Sandgate this p.m. Mary stayed home with me. 67.

Jul 4 1951: Mrs. Jackson called to see Mary. This has been a very cold frosty morning. We have just got word that Mr. Chalk died this afternoon. Alex & Tom arranged for the funeral to take place next Friday a.m. Jessie spent the day here. She and Norm remained with me till Alex & Mary came home about 11p.m. 65.

Jul 5 1951: Joan rang up her boss & got two days off work. Jessie spent the day here, her Mother went to help Ethel for the day.

Jul 6 1951: The late Mr. Chalk’s funeral took place as arranged yesterday to Lutwyche Cemetery. Fanny, Vernie, Hector & Doris called. A lot of Chalk relatives & our relatives attended the funeral & many of our church people. Mrs. Raymont came as usual with eggs, fruit ec. 72.

Jul 7 1951: We have had a very quiet day with no visitors. 69.

Jul 8 1951: Mary & I stayed home all day, listened in at night. Harold Sckece had the baby baptised in our church. A lot of Dot’s relatives were there & went home with Norm & Jessie for dinner. Our visitors were Joe, Beckie, Ronnie Packer & Ted & Betty Jones. 65.

Jul 9 1951: Bitterly cold last night & this morning, fine bright cold day. Ethel came & spent a while with us this evening. Joan stayed after work & went to a farewell meeting for one of her work-mates who is joining the Navy. 63.

Jul 10 1951: Cousin Archie McClintock called at the shop & saw Alex this a.m. His brother John called later & did not know Archie was down here. Janie Wayper, Dulcie Wackwitz, Rev.H. & Mrs. Denney, Pearl Hedding visited us. Pearl had tea with us & went with Joan & Alex to choir practice. 66.

Jul 11 1951: Jessie spent the day with us. She & Norm dined with us this p.m. & attended meeting. Joan arranged with Mr.& Mrs. Sestro to let June go to Miss Allen as a pupil for further lessons on the violin & prepare for exams. 68.

Jul 12 1951: Our visitors today were Dorothy Dyer, Dorothy Eden, Fanny & Ethel Boot. Joan attended Endeavour meeting this p.m. 67.

Jul 13 1951: A cool, quiet day. Mrs. Raymont came as usual with eggs, fruit ec. Hughie Carseldine called this p.m. 64.

Jul 14 1951: Vern Carseldine repaired our refrigerator this afternoon & told us a lot about Margaret Ruth, the lady he is engaged to. His Mother showed us her photo a few days ago & she is very comely & a Christian. Joan introduced Mrs. Sestro & her daughter June to Miss Allen, who is taking June for a pupil on the violin from 28th. Joan has taught her for three quarters & she played at several concerts. She is a gifted & promising violinist. Hector, Doris & Lorna spent a while with us this evening. We have had several callers. Lovely weather but a bit cold. I forgot to state above that June & her twin brother were only 8 years old on the 26th of last April. 65.

Jul 15 1951: Alex, Mary & Joan attended a.m. service. Norm & Jessie came & dined with us. They & Joan went to a Fellowship Tea at the church & stayed for p.m. service. Alex went to p.m. service, Mary & I listened in. 71.

Jul 16 1951: Alex went to town a.m., had interview with Mr. Fletcher, Solicitor, re Chalk estate, then went to Stafford & gave Ian Chalk information. He has had a busy day. He left Joan’s ¾ violin at Kinzer’s for repairs. Joan went to the eisteddfod meeting in City Hall this evening. Remarkable warm day. 78.

Jul 17 1951: A very quiet day here. Mary & Ethel have received a wonderful number of sympathy cards & letters since their Father’s death. Alex & Mary attended choir practice. 67.

Jul 18 1951: Joan went with Miss Dot Eden after her work to the Nundah Methodist Anniversary Tea Meeting. It has been a quiet, cold day & night here. 65.

Jul 19 1951: It is stated in the paper that this has been the coldest morning for thirty years. Frost in all directions. Jessie spent the day with us, she & Norm dined with us this p.m. & went to the Endeavour meeting with Joan. Mary’s sisters Emma & Ethel came this afternoon & helped her to direct more than 70 return thanks cards for sympathy received after their Father’s death. Emma’s daughter & grand-daughter came with her. Alex & Joan met cousin Dick at the Eagle Farm aerodrome at 10p.m. He flew from his uncle’s home in Cairns, where he had been on holidays & stayed with us tonight. Joan’s pupil June Sestro played her violin at the eisteddfod & got 81 marks. She has been learning for nine months only and competed with those who have been learning for years. 64.

Jul 20 1951: Cousin Dick McClintock remained with us till after lunch, then went to see his brother John & has just returned at 9p.m. He intends to go home tomorrow morning. Mr.& Mrs. Raymont came as usual with eggs, vegetables ec. Every day & night is getting colder, this has been the worst yet. 59.

Jul 21 1951: Alex, Joan & cousin Dick went to town by tram early this morning. They helped Dick to carry his things to the train. Then Alex went to a specialist doctor re his health & got a good report & how he is to diet to reduce weight. He got Joan’s ¾ violin that Mr. Kinzer repaired, it cost 25/-. Alex, Mary, Joan & Jessie went to the Stafford Tea meeting & gave items on programme. Norman stayed home with me. 40-61.

Jul 22 1951: All went to church this a.m. Norm & Jessie spent the day & p.m. here. Our choir & orchestra gave a sacred concert in Rainworth Methodist Church this afternoon. Alex had to conduct all services, as Norm, June & many others there have flu. Our visitors this afternoon were Rev. Pope, Joe, Beckie, Hector, Doris & Lorna. Norm & Jessie were home with me. Big Mrs. Smith had tea with us. I had a weak turn & had to go early to bed. 41-59.

Jul 23 1951: One of the quietest days we have had here for a long time, no visitors. I have little news worth recording, but our daily paper is full of news of record breaking crimes & disasters all over the world. Floods, flies, famine, disease, strikes & war & the war clouds are getting blacker every day, but thank God the true Christian has no fear for they know He is over-ruling all things for good. 41 to 62.

Jul 24 1951: Another cold day & night. Everyone seems to be getting colds. Alex has still to conduct the choir, Jessie played the organ & Joan violin. Mary did not attend. Mr. Winton & his 10 year old daughter Heather came to see Joan re getting her a suitable violin. She advised him to try Miss Allen, who Joan has arranged with to take Heather for a pupil. Hector & Lindsay left Hector’s car for repairs this p.m. Norm called later. 40 to 66.

Jul 25 1951: Jessie spent the day with us, she and Norm dined with us this evening. Joan & Jessie had a good practice on piano & violin. Gwen Lemke called in for a while. 49 to 72.

Jul 26 1951: Beckie came & spent the day with me while Mary was away helping her brother Tom & sister Ethel to clean up the Stafford home. Mary E. Hamilton came before Mary A. got home. I gave her 17 of the woollen squares I am knitting for her to make a knee rug like my own. Just when Mary got home the Revs. Brown & Delbridge came in for a while, later Hector & Lindsay. Dorothy Dyer & Joyce Butt came & spent a while with us. 42 to 72.

Jul 27 1951: Dorothy Dyer called in. Mrs. Raymont came as usual. Mrs. Barker had afternoon tea with us. Mr. Cross & Mr. Simmons of Nambour came after we had tea & left a car for Alex to paint. Mary gave them refreshments. They know the McClintock’s & Pringles. We had a very interesting talk about the early days, after which they left for Nambour. Norm & Jessie came this p.m. Jessie stayed here while Norm attended a great gathering of Endeavours in the City Tabernacle. 50 to 71.

Jul 28 1951: Joan went to town this morning and done some shopping & she got some knitting cotton for me. She has had a very busy day attending meetings with her Christian Endeavours, they have had a happy time. Vic & Ethel spent a while with us this afternoon, Herbie called in for a short time. I received a letter from Mr.& Mrs. McAuley senr., which is very interesting, about their late trip to the old country. 55 to 74.

Jul 29 1951: Mary has a severe cold & not able to attend church. Norm & Jessie came home with the others, Jessie spent the day here. Joan & Norm went to Fellowship Tea at the Kedron church this afternoon. Alex had to conduct the choir at our church a.m. & p.m., as Norm Tune is away from home. I forgot to state above that Norm & Joan were in charge of our C.Endeavours at the tea.

Jul 30 1951: Mary is still bad with a cold, but keeps working. Our visitors this p.m. were Hector, Lindsay, Percy, Fanny & a Mr. Jones of Kitchener Road, a church worker. 47 to 74.

Jul 31 1951: It is stated in today’s paper that this has been the driest July here for 110 years. I was not here then, so I won’t argue, but I believe we have had one of the coldest nights for more than 60 years ago & it has done a lot of damage and in some way may have done a lot of good, so let us thank God & be content. Miss Madge McKenzie was our only visitor today. Mr. Stephens was clearing his allotment opposite our house with his bulldozer & damaged the gas pipe on the road. The air was full of gas this p.m. Alex traced the leakage & rung up the gas official, they attended to it at once. Joan done the ringing up for Alex & she was the only one from here able to go to choir practice. 49 to 73.

August


Aug 1 1951: Here we are just commencing another month & great preparations are being made for the Annual Show at the Exhibition Grounds, which is expected to break all records. We should all be thankful to God for the wonderful blessings He has given this country. We have had a quiet day here, Norm & Jessie came & spent a while with us this p.m. Alex has now got his dose of a cold. 72.

Aug 2 1951: The Rev. K.G. Delbridge called this morning. This evening he drove several of our church young folk to the Albert Hall to see a religious colour film “The Modern Prodigal”. Joan, Madge & Francie went to see it. Jessie spent the p.m. with us while Norm was training some of the Endeavours. Alex is still poorly with his cold but keeps on working. 72.

Aug 3 1951: Mrs. Raymont came as usual with eggs, fruit & flowers. Mrs. Florence Robinson (nee Lacey) was interned in the Lutwyche Cemetery this afternoon, her age was 72. Mary went to the funeral. Jessie spent the day with us, she & Norm dined with us this p.m. Mr. J.C. Nicoll gave a lovely colour film picture show in the School of Arts Hall for our Sunday School funds. The proceeds were over ₤23. All our folk except Alex & I went to see it. 70.

Aug 4 1951: Dark, cold a.m. with light rain. A Mr.& Mrs. Jemery & two of their sons left their car in our backyard while they went to the Exhibition. He is a Woombye carpenter & a friend of our cousin Archie McClintock. Archie & his son William met him here this afternoon & went home with them after Mary gave refreshments. Mr. Jemery gave us a lot of lovely oranges. We had callers from a.m. to p.m. 65.

Aug 5 1951: We have had lovely bright sunshine all day, but a cold South Westerly breeze. Mrs. Dyer went to a.m. service with Alex & Mary, Joan always goes early. Hector spent a while with us this evening. All stayed home on account of colds. I gave my Elgen watch to Hector to get repaired. 46 to 66.

Aug 6 1951: Bitterly cold morning & cold last night. This has been a bright cold day. Mrs. G. Herman of Lawnton spent the afternoon with us. It has been a quiet day here, only a few callers. 45 to 67.

Aug 7 1951: Very cold morning, bright warm afternoon, lovely Exhibition weather. Jessie spent most of the day with us, she & Norm dined with us this p.m. Mary, Joan & Jessie went to choir practice. Norm’s brother Harold had afternoon tea with us. Mrs. Johnston was here for a while. Cousin Percy Pringle arrived here from the Show about 9p.m. He intends lodging here at night while the Show is on. 47 to 75.

Aug 8 1951: Roy, Dulcie & Susan came from the Show at about 1p.m., they had been in early. It has been a quiet day here, Alex was at work. Hughie & May are at Tambourine. Gwen Lemke spent a while here this p.m. P. Pringle came in 8.30p.m. 73.

Aug 9 1951: Another cold morning. Percy Pringle left here before 9a.m. for the Show. That is before I get out of bed & I am in it before he gets home, I have not seen him yet. Mary & Joan have gone to see pictures in our church hall. Joyce Butt called in. Rev. Brown has just called in to borrow my emergency key of the old church, 8.10p.m. Proceeds are for Home Missions. Owing to Exhibition week the attendance was smaller than usual. 73.

Aug 10 1951: I got out of my room in time to see cousin Percy Pringle leave for his job at the Exhibition. Mrs. Raymont came as usual. The Revs. A. Rose & K.G. Delbridge had lunch with us & we had a joyful mid-day hour. Alex bought a wireless to put in his work shop. 70.

Aug 11 1951: Percy Pringle went home this a.m. We have had callers & visitors from early a.m. till late p.m. Among these was Les Rice of Victoria. It is impossible for me to record all who visited us today. I have had a nasty fall, my big chair & I overbalanced, bumped against the bed post & it skinned my thumb & it is difficult for me to write. 69.

Aug 12 1951: Our visitors were, Joe, Beckie, Ronnie, Tom, Viti, Ann & Neil Thomas, Norm & Jessie. 41 to 70.

Aug 13 1951: Clara came to see us this afternoon, we have had a quiet day. Mrs. Schackelford spent a while with us this p.m.

Aug 14 1951: Our visitors were cousins Mr.& Mrs. Janie Lukes (nee Prentis) & her daughter Delsie, Rev.& Mrs. Denney. Alex & Mary went to choir practice. 46 to 68.

Aug 15 1951: Terrible cold morning & day. We had the electric heater nearly all day. Norm & Jessie have just come in, she will stay here while he attends a meeting at the church hall. It is now 7.45. Hector has not been well & Doctor Lilly advised him to go into St. Martins Hospital for observation. He went today. 44 to 62.

Aug 16 1951: Dr. Lansdown prescribed for my sore hand this afternoon after he cut the bandages off. It is to be bathed & bandaged twice a day. Mary went to our local chemist at once with the prescription & bandaged my hand. Ethel had lunch with us & done messages for us. Gwen Lemke came in for a while this p.m. 49 to 68.

Aug 17 1951: Mrs. Raymont came as usual. Mrs. Jackson had afternoon tea with us. Joe, Pat, Peter & Jennifer & Fanny had afternoon tea with us. We have just heard that Hector’s ailment is not serious & he may go home tomorrow. 43 to 71.

Aug 18 1951: Hughie & Edna came in for a while, they are to be married September 1st next. Alex, Joan & Francie Dyer had a practice of some songs & other pieces for violin & piano. 70.

Aug 19 1951: Alex & Joan went to a.m. & p.m. services. Mrs. Grantham & her daughter Mabel dined & had afternoon tea with us, then Alex drove them to the tram terminus, then he & Mary drove on to see Norm & Jessie in their home. Bright cold morning. 70.

Aug 20 1951: A very dark, cloudy morning with light showers. A few of our church choir & orchestra gave a concert in the Stafford church hall this p.m. Eddie came & stayed with me while the others were away. 65.

Aug 21 1951: A lovely, bright sunshiney day, but still on the cold side. The Rev. A. Rose came & had lunch with us. Dr. Lansdown called about 2.15p.m. & said my hand is improving. Gwen Lemke came in for a while this p.m. There was no choir practice. 51 to 64.

Aug 22 1951: A lovely bright day, cold wind. Jessie spent the day with us & done messages. She & Norm dined with us this p.m. 70.

Aug 23 1951: The Rev. C.G. Browne had mid-day lunch with us. Joyce Butt came in for a while. Grace Wayper & her two sons Dennis & Lee and Janet Hamilton had afternoon tea with us. Dorothy Dyer came in for a while & went with Joan to Endeavour meeting. 72.

Aug 24 1951: Mrs. Raymont came as usual with eggs, flowers ec. Norm & Jessie spent a while with us this p.m. 74.

Aug 25 1951: Alex is making arrangements with Les Harris to build two cottages on his adjoining allotments. Dr. Lansdown called & said my sore hand was improving well. He prescribed for Joan’s cold. Mr. Orm called re Alex painting his car. Herbie called, Joan played tennis. Hector, Doris, Lorna, Vic & Ethel called for a while this p.m. Alex & Mary went to Nundah for the medicine ec this p.m. 75.

Aug 26 1951: A notable minister from England preached in our church this morning & it was crowded. Mary has a bad cold & could not attend. Norm & Jessie dined with us. Joe & Beckie visited us this afternoon. 74.

Aug 27 1951: Ethel spent the afternoon & evening with us. June Sestro came & played her violin for me, her uncle Ray Harris came & Joan gave him his first lesson on the violin. He intends learning to play. Leila came in for a while. Les Harris got some of Alex documents from Mary this p.m. 72.

Aug 28 1951: Mrs. G. Wayper & her two sons came this afternoon. Dennis had a practice on the piano, he passed his exam with 86 out of 100. Mrs. Houspeter, Francie Dyer, Norm & Jessie came in for a while this p.m. Les Harris returned Alex documents & gave him a blueprint of one of the cottages to look at. Les has to submit it to the City Council. Alex was the only one who went to choir practice from here. Norm & Jessie came in for a few minutes. Francie Dyer came to say farewell, she is going to Noosa for her holidays. 47 to 70.

Aug 29 1951: Jessie spent the day with us, she & Norm dined with us this p.m. Mary went to town & done a lot of shopping. Mrs. Sestro was here for a while. The Rev.& Mrs. Denney had afternoon tea with us. Mary got a very nice New Testament that I intend giving to my dear little visitor Allan Ireland. 47 to 70.

Aug 30 1951: Ethel spent the day with us helping Mary to do some sewing. Fred Bishop happened an accident at his work. Two fingers on his left hand were injured by a planing machine. Vern Carseldine called this p.m. Mary & I sent our wedding presents for his brother Hugh who is to be married next Saturday. 73.

Aug 31 1951: Mrs. Raymont called as usual. We have had a lot of our church young people calling in, as the annual Sunday School concert was held in the School of Arts hall this p.m. The hall was crowded, proceeds about ₤20 for the Sunday School funds. All our household attended. Hughie came & stayed with me until they came home. 72.

September


Sep 1 1951: Hugh J. Carseldine called this a.m. & thanked us for his wedding present. He was married in the Scarborough Methodist Church this afternoon. Dr. Lansdown called & said two more days dressing would be enough, just put a piece of cloth around it for a while. Dorothy & Marjorie Argo called in their lovely Scottish dancing costumes. Dorothy thanked us for the present we gave her for her 21st birthday. There was a wedding in our church. Audrey Vellnagel & Joan helped to decorate the church. 72.

Sep 2 1951: This is what they call Fathers Day. I have received cards & presents from many. The weather has been lovely. The Sunday School Anniversary meeting was held & this afternoon’s collection was over ₤10. Norm, Jessie & Noel Thomas had dinner & tea with us & Dot Eden had tea here. Jim & Clara came & gave me a pair of nice socks & a card. Our choir & orchestra gave an entertainment in the Windsor Methodist Church this afternoon. Alex took Mary & Ethel to see their sister Emma late this afternoon. Dot Eden & Jessie are waiting with Mary & I till Norm returns from p.m. service to take them home. 74.

Sep 3 1951: Mr. Ridgway came to repair & tune our piano. He worked 3 hours. Mr. R.R.Hardy, a very old acquaintance of ours called to see us this afternoon. He was born at sea in 1866, in a sailing ship. Fanny, Vern & his fiancé Margaret Nutt came to see us late this afternoon. Hector, Doris & Lorna came after tea. Alex & Ethel went to see the solicitor re Mr. Chalk’s Will ec this a.m. 51 to 80.

Sep 4 1951: Mr. Ridgway came about 9a.m. & worked at the piano till about 3p.m. Joan gave Roy Harris his second lesson on the violin before going to choir practice. Jessie just came in for a few minutes. She takes Francie’s place at the organ while she is on holidays. Alex went to practice also. Norm waited here for Jessie. 75.

Sep 5 1951: Tom & Gladdie called but had not time to come in. Mary attended W.C. Help meeting this afternoon. It has been a very quiet day here, lovely weather. 77.

Sep 6 1951: Jessie spent the day with us, she & Norm dined with us this p.m . Joan & Norm went to Endeavour meeting this p.m. We are having lovely weather, one light shower. 75.

Sep 7 1951: Cold weather has returned. It has been a very cold morning & cold wind all day. Mrs. Raymont came as usual with eggs, flowers ec. Miss Joy Potter came this p.m. to see Joan re getting things ready for her sister Marie’s wedding in our church. She gave us two beautiful lettuce from their own garden. Fanny & Percy spent a while with us this p.m. 48 to 70.

Sep 8 1951: Les Harris & one of his men pegged out for stumps yesterday for one of the houses he is building for Alex. His brother-in-law Mr. Plumb is digging the holes this afternoon. Hector, Doris & Lorna, Vic & Ethel & Dot Eden visited us this afternoon. Mr.& Mrs. Haywood & their little daughter Ruth of Stafford (formerly of Manchester, England) came to see the plans of the land & house Alex is having built, with a view of purchasing it. They had afternoon tea, they are Methodists. Alex & Mary took them to see our new church. Norm, Jessie & Joan, with a number of their Endeavourer’s went to Redcliffe for a picnic. 70.

Sep 9 1951: Another cold morning. Alex & Joan attended a.m. & p.m. services, Mary a.m. Norm & Jessie dined with us. Betty, Dingles, Shirley & Beth came to see us this afternoon. Norm & Jessie went to see his brother. 48 to 66.

Sep 10 1951: The weather is keeping very cool & dry, rain is badly needed, many tanks are empty. Two boys were digging stump holes for one of Alex houses. This has been a quiet day, no visitors. 52 to 68.

Sep 11 1951: Another cold, wintery day. Our neighbour Mr. S.J. Menery died this afternoon. He was 84 & had lost sight & hearing. He was a highly respected Head Teacher of the Chermside State School for a good many years. Joan gave Ray Harris his third lesson on the violin after which they & Mary went to choir practice. Two men worked at the new house next door. 53 to 69.

Sep 12 1951: Two men worked at the new house. Our only visitor was May this afternoon. The weather keeps cold & dry. 72.

Sep 13 1951: Mary went to town this a.m. & done shopping & got a woollen cot quilt that I intend sending to Roslyn May Scott, one of my great-grandaughters. Jessie spent the day with us, she & Norm dined with us this p.m. & went to Endeavour meeting. Dorothy Dyer went with them. Don Waugh was here for a while. Two men worked at the new house. 53 to 72.

Sep 14 1951: Mrs. Raymont came with eggs ec as usual & gave me a bunch of lovely violets. She nearly always brings me a present of flowers, print or something. She is one of the kind-hearted Christians we should emulate. We have had a quiet day without visitors. Four men worked at the new house today. 71.

Sep 15 1951: A lovely fine day. Mr. Ridgway came this morning & finished repairing & tuning our piano. His full time at it was 13 hours, his charge was ₤6-10-0. It appears to be a good job. Vic & Ethel Boot brought his Father & Mother to see us this afternoon. They had been to Sandgate for a picnic. Herbie called in, he & Joan went to tennis. Gwen Lemke & Joan went to a concert in the Lutwyche church hall this p.m. 75.

Sep 16 1951: Vic & Ethel called on their way to Sunday school & church. Norm & Jessie dined with us & had tea at Young Folks Fellowship at the church. Mary & Alex went to a.m. service, Alex to p.m., Joan to all meetings. I done a lot of reading & listening in. Hector, Doris & Lorna came to see us this afternoon. It has been a lovely fine day. 73.

Sep 17 1951: Colin Smith called in today to fix up with Alex for selling his car to Hector Scott. I sent for a postal vote form for the Referendum on Communism to be held next Saturday. Mrs. Jones of Kitchener Road came here this p.m. & had a practice on piano accompanying Joan’s violin solos. Fred Bishop was here for a while, his finger that was injured is healing nicely. 73.

Sep 18 1951: We have had another lovely fine day for all who are able to go out & do manual work, but it is rather cool for sitting inside. Mary H. called this morning & she wants me to knit three more squares for her woollen rug. I have knitted thirty already. Hughie & Edna sent me a nice card with thanks for their wedding present. Mrs. Jones had another practice with Joan, piano & violin. Joan gave Ray Harris his 4th lesson on violin this p.m., he is progressing well. Alex & Mary went to choir practice. 74.

Sep 19 1951: Jessie spent the day here, she & Norm dined & spent the p.m. with us. Mr.& Mrs. Beswick of Tasmania, who Joan & Ian Jackson met at a convention in Adelaide some time ago, called to see us this afternoon. Mary was at W.C.Help meeting. When she came home she gave them a hearty welcome & got them to stay for the p.m. Ian Jackson had tea with us also. We all had a very happy time. They are true Christian Methodists, they had a look through our new church, Jessie played the organ. They would welcome any of us that could visit them. Left at 10.45p.m. 75.

Sep 20 1951: We have had a quiet day here, our only visitor was Mrs. Barker. Her daughter Estelle is to be married shortly & Joan is making hats ec for them. Hughie came in last night when the crowd was here to bid us farewell as he, Fred, Leila & little Heather are leaving today for Melbourne in the car that Hector Scott bought from Colin Smith for ₤1,000. After a holiday they may fly back home. 75.

Sep 21 1951: Mrs. Raymont came as usual. Hector, Doris & Lorna came this p.m. & as they were leaving, Percy & Fanny came in & spent an hour or so with us. Joan was in town attending a meeting of Endeavourers. Norm & Jessie were at a Teacher’s meeting in our church. 77.

Sep 22 1951: Mr. Chandler (a choir member) called to get our opinion of a violin he thought of buying for his son. Joan & I advised him to take it to Mr. Vizer who could give a price for repairs & it’s value. Vic & Ethel were here for a while. Norm & Jessie drove to town, done shopping & called on their way home. Mrs. Jones & Joan are giving piano & violin items at a concert in Kedron church this p.m. Alex took my postal vote to where he voted this evening. Referendum on Communism. 80.

Sep 23 1951: All excepting myself attended a.m. service. Norm, Jessie & Estelle Barker dined with us. Our visitors this afternoon were Stan & Mary Robinson, their two children & Stan’s brother Reg, Tom & Viti Packer & their two children, Hector, Doris & Lorna & Miss Pearl Heading from the Garden Homes and several others called during the day. Norm & Jessie took Mr.& Mrs. & Estelle Barker & Pearl for a drive this afternoon to Mt. Crosby. Joan played her violin at the Harvest Festival in Aspley Methodist Church this afternoon. She & Alex went to all meetings in our church. It has been a very busy &hot day. 82.

Sep 24 1951: We have had another warm day & heavy showers. The builders had to knock off work this afternoon. An Agent called & asked Alex for particulars & price of the house that he is having built, he is to call later on. 78.

Sep 25 1951: Estelle Barker came & had a long talk with Mary about her wedding to be. Several people called in to enquire about the house Alex is having built. There has been a sudden change in the weather last night & today has been like Winter. Joan gave Les Harris his 5th lesson on violin, then he went with Alex, Mary & Joan to choir practice. 69

Sep 26 1951: Our visitors today were the Rev. C.G.Brown & the Rev. H.& Mrs. Denney who bade us farewell, as they are going to Southport for holidays. Mr. Chandler left the violin that he got repaired at Mr. Kizer’s for Joan & I to examine. 69.

Sep 27 1951: Mary went to town early this morning. She got a ride in with Norman, who brought Jessie to spend the day here while he was on business for his boss. He & Jessie dined with us this p.m. & Joan & he went to Endeavour meeting, while Jessie is getting lessons on dressmaking at cousin Minnie’s. Mary done a lot of shopping & paid our subscriptions to the City Mission. The carpenters, plumbers & painters have got on well & the tilers have done most of the roof today on Alex new house. 77.

Sep 28 1951: Mr. Henry Appleby, Chiropodist, came & attended to Mary’s & my feet this afternoon. Mrs. Raymont came as usual with eggs. She gave me a bunch of lovely flowers & a monster egg. Mr. Ridgeway & Mr. Neilson gave a price for to repair our organ ₤20. Alex showed them through our new church. Alex & Mary went to the Fete & Flower Show at Kedron church this p.m. Mrs. Gadsby came to see us this afternoon & Gwen Lemke this p.m. 77.

Sep 29 1951: Cousin Archie McClintock & his two sons Bill & Frank called to see us this morning. The boys are under medical treatment for asthema & the doctor is pleased with their progress. The family have been staying with Percy & Fanny for a few days. Norm called to take Mary with them for a drive this afternoon, but she was too poorly to venture out. Hector was here for a while, he returned my Elgen watch which has been repaired. Norm’s brother & family called to see us. 82.

Sep 30 1951: Mary was not well enough to attend church today. Joan & her Father attended all services. Joe & Beckie came to see us this afternoon and Harold, Marjorie & their little son Bartley came later. We have had another hot day. Vic & Ethel came in for a while this morning. 82.

October


Oct 1 1951: This has been a very quiet day here, the only visitor was Don Waugh, who spent about an hour with us this evening. The principle topic was motor cars. This is the third dry, hot day we have had in succession. 85.

Oct 2 1951: We have had another hot day. The only visitors we had were the Rev. K.G.Delbridge this afternoon & Norman this evening. He stayed with me for a while when all the others went to choir practice. Joan gave Ray Harris his 6th lesson on violin. THIS WAS THE LAST ENTRY WRITTEN BY THOMAS ANDREW HAMILTON.

Oct 3 1951: Dr. Lansdown called to see Father this afternoon after taking a bad attack of shivers & prescribed for same. Ethel & Vic called this evening, also Norman & Jessie.

Oct 4 1951: Father is still in bed. Very dull, cloudy day. Rev. Delbridge called.

Oct 5 1951: Father is still in bed, during the day Beckie & Fanny called to see Father & had lunch with us. Mr.& Mrs. Raymont called in at lunch time with eggs & some flowers for Father and Lindsay came during the evening.

Oct 6 1951: Father is still in bed. Norman called in at lunch time to see Father. During the afternoon Fred & Leila & Eddie & Mary called. Leila brought Father a lovely bunch of flowers, roses & sweet peas. Father chatted to them all & was pleased with his flowers.

Oct 7 1951: Father was very delirious all night, the worst he had ever been. It was 2.30a.m. before I got him to settle. This morning a great change has come over him, so we got Dr. Lansdown to call in. He examined him thoroughly & said he was quite unconscious & was in no pain whatever, which was a great relief to us all. We sat near him all day, he did not rally, but passed peacefully away at quarter to ten Sunday evening.